Beer In Ads #2248: Aging


Sunday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1905. In the first decade of the 20th century, Schlitz Brewing, then one of the largest breweries in the U.S. after the industry had shrunk from over 4,000 to around 1,500 in just 25 or so years, did a series of primarily text ads, with various themes. In this ad, Schlitz is saying fuck freshness, what you really want is old beer. No, not really, but it’s still an odd message that you don’t want beer that’s “too green,” or as the ad copy claims. “Beer doesn’t cause biliousness if it is aged well. It’s the green beer that should be avoided.” And thanks to Schlitz aging their beer “for months before it’s marketed,” “[t]he result is beer that is good for you.”

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Beer In Ads #2247: Do You Ever See A Nervous Beer Drinker?


Saturday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1905. In the first decade of the 20th century, Schlitz Brewing, then one of the largest breweries in the U.S. after the industry had shrunk from over 4,000 to around 1,500 in just 25 or so years, did a series of primarily text ads, with various themes. In this ad, Schlitz is once more beating the beer is healthy drum, but this one is priceless. “The malt in beer is a food to them; the hops a tonic. The slight percentage of alcohol is an aid to digestion, and that means more food.” Not to mention: “The habit of beer drinking gives the body the needed fluids.” Hydrate, people, hydrate! So there you have it. “That is why beer is prescribed for nervousness. That is why beer-drinking nations scarcely know what nervousness is.”

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Beer In Ads #2246: Ask Your Doctor


Friday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1906. In the first decade of the 20th century, Schlitz Brewing, then one of the largest breweries in the U.S. after the industry had shrunk from over 4,000 to around 1,500 in just 25 or so years, did a series of primarily text ads, with various themes. In this ad, Schlitz is suggesting that you ask your doctor about which beer to choose. I know my doctor prefers dark beer, he doesn’t like overly hoppy beers. But I still have a hard time believing the conversation would go anything like the ad suggests. But who knows, just a few years later, when prohibition began, doctors were writing prescriptions for medicinal beer.

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Beer In Ads #2245: Here’s Health To You


Thursday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1906. In the first decade of the 20th century, Schlitz Brewing, then one of the largest breweries in the U.S. after the industry had shrunk from over 4,000 to around 1,500 in just 25 or so years, did a series of primarily text ads, with various themes. In this ad, with the headline, “Here’s Health To You,” which according to the brewery “Means something when the beer is Schlitz.” According to the ad copy, over “half the cost of our brewing is spent to insure that Schlitz beer shall be pure.” I wonder how they calculated that?

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Beer In Ads #2244: It Is Not Good Advice To Say “Don’t Drink Beer”


Wednesday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1908. In the first decade of the 20th century, Schlitz Brewing, then one of the largest breweries in the U.S. after the industry had shrunk from over 4,000 to around 1,500 in just 25 or so years, did a series of primarily text ads, with various themes. In this ad, they explain why “It is not good advice to say ‘Don’t drink beer.'” It’s because “There are many who need it.” Then they add. “Your doctor advises beer. The healthiest peoples of the world drink the most of it.”

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Beer In Ads #2243: Purity Is Supreme


Tuesday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1907. In the first decade of the 20th century, Schlitz Brewing, then one of the largest breweries in the U.S. after the industry had shrunk from over 4,000 to around 1,500 in just 25 or so years, did a series of primarily text ads, with various themes. In this ad, it’s purity again, and especially the ingredients in their beer, which they oddly refer to as “materials.” “The goodness of Schlitz is largely due to them.”

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Beer In Ads #2242: The Alcohol In Beer Is A Trifle


Monday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1908. In the first decade of the 20th century, Schlitz Brewing, then one of the largest breweries in the U.S. after the industry had shrunk from over 4,000 to around 1,500 in just 25 or so years, did a series of primarily text ads, with various themes. In this ad, Schlitz is still hammering on its healthful qualities and its purity, claiming it “has no after effects.” And at “only 3½ per cent,” “the alcohol in beer is a trifle.”

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Beer In Ads #2241: Not All People Prefer The Same Beer


Sunday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1907. In the first decade of the 20th century, Schlitz Brewing, then one of the largest breweries in the U.S. after the industry had shrunk from over 4,000 to around 1,500 in just 25 or so years, did a series of primarily text ads, with various themes. In this ad, they’re again suggesting that beer purity is the most important quality in a beer. “Not all People Prefer the same beer—that is true. They are guided by taste; and tastes differ as beers do. But tastes can be cultivated. And absolute purity is much more important.” Purity. That’s the name of their game.

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Beer In Ads #2240: When Beer Is Pure There Is Nothing More Healthful


Saturday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1908. In the first decade of the 20th century, Schlitz Brewing, then one of the largest breweries in the U.S. after the industry had shrunk from over 4,000 to around 1,500 in just 25 or so years, did a series of primarily text ads, with various themes. In this ad, Schlitz is touting its purity and concludes that “When beer is pure there is nothing more healthful,” adding “And Schlitz beer is pure. It brings no after-effects, no biliousness.” But more importantly, don’t even think about drinking the wrong beer. “That is why the doctor generally says ‘Drink Schlitz.'”

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Beer In Ads #2239: Healthful


Friday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1908. In the first decade of the 20th century, Schlitz Brewing, then one of the largest breweries in the U.S. after the industry had shrunk from over 4,000 to around 1,500 in just 25 or so years, did a series of primarily text ads, with various themes. In this ad, entitled “healthful,” they took a theme they’ve talked about before and went just a little bit further with it, oddly. “Malt is a food, half digested. Hops are a tonic.” Half digested? What on earth do they mean by that?

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